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COLLARDS, Lottie

COLLARDS, Lottie

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Brassica oleracea

Seeds per pack ~ 100 

Germination: 88% Jan 2023 (Packed for 2023)

Collards, or collard greens, are probably the most culturally important crop for African Americans, as well as many who trace their roots to the American South . They're essentially open-headed cabbages (Brassica oleracea), with broad, smooth, almost waxy (and sometimes glossy) leaves that vary from green to blue-green to green-purple. While they have long been closely associated with Black culture in the US — a staple green in traditional Southern Black foodways, and consequently popular in Black communities across the country — the plant actually has its origins in Europe and the Mediterranean. It is generally considered the most cold-hardy of the cabbages (which also include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and kohlrabi).

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